Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September in the Rain -OR- Still Taking the Long Way Home

UPDATED 9/18/2012 at 11:55PM: See updated sections below. My next planned blog entry will be Wed. or Thurs.

Automat by Edward Hopper, 1927


Home tonight after work and the gym (see below) and watching TV (also see below). It's an overcast, breezy, humid Monday night as I write this, but thankfully it is not excessively warm, with air temp. around 72F and dew point around 63F. At least those were the official KDCA observations for the 9PM hour.

KDCA observations from 2PM through 9PM EDT (well, 1:52PM to 8:52PM), Sept. 17, 2012.


A rainy system is progged to move through the D.C. area and mid-Atlantic region, and in fact, much of the Eastern U.S., that's a good thing. We need the rain.

Sterling (LWX) advisories updated at 10:47PM EDT, Sept. 17, 2012. The various shades of green are a good sign for rain.


A portion of the U.S. national radar mosaic as of 0228UTC (10:28PM EDT) Sept. 18, (Sept. 17th), 2012 showing abundant rainfall approaching the mid-Atlantic.


The 30-hour surface forecast valid at 18Z (2PM EDT) Sept. 18, 2012 issued earlier Monday afternoon by HPC / NCEP / NWS.


The 5-day QPF forecast valid 0Z 9/18/2012 - 0Z 9/23/2012 issued earlier today. However, I tend to take these forecasts with a grain of salt.


UPDATED: Rainfall totals today were decent and came in squally thunderstorms that swept across the area. There was actually a tornado watch in effect for a while but I only saw one brief warning issued and nothing really panned out, which is good. Instead we received much needed rainfall including 0.89" at KDCA, 0.57" at KBWI, and 1.09" at KIAD though those are not yet the official tallies for the day and there is another batch of showers passing through at the 11PM hour.


Without going into any details ...

... I wonder if perhaps I'm just wrong on the whole MH situation. The outcome is so dreadful and there isn't a thing I can do to change it.


And while "getting over it" -- that would be the advice ex-friend Wall-P would spew out in his rapid-fire "eh eh eh" style, mistaking (as ever) banalities for wisdom -- is indeed the GOAL, it is just that, the goal. It's not a MEANS to that goal.

Left: Wall-P, the legal work horse of the corporate oligarchical overclass, gives advice. It's full of partially chewed straw and attracts many flies.

Just sayin' ...

And, FWIW, I do feel like the aggrieved party. Ten, no, elevent frickin' years of my life and ending in a pile of horse manure, metaphorically speaking. I don't expect many people (maybe anybody) to be on my side in this, but lacking as I do even parents who historically have taken any interest or concern in my life (and often my existence), and having NO other family (it's highly unlikely I'm going to be invited to that New Jersey 100th birthday party of my great aunt I mentioned), I guess I don't really care what others think.

Anyway, this forms a somewhat suitable segue into the next topic ... 

I want to call attention to today's potentially big political story -- a secretly video released on the Mother Jones website in which the amoral corporate robot Williard Mitt Romney earlier this year told a small group of super-rich donors that ALL Obama voters parasitic, free-loading, zero-tax paying, unreachable, worthless humans who view themselves as victims.

Indeed, Williard the No Tax Paying, Offshoring, Outsourcing, "I Like Firing People" Corporate Financier Billionaire Romney puts this at 47 percent of the population, and the fucker isn't going to try to reach them. He figures he has the other 47 percent and only needs to peel off through fear-mongering, lies, emotion, or whatever about 5 percentage points of the electorate that make up the Beltway punditry's endlessly mythologized "independent" and "swing" voters.

I don't know if this video will hurt Williard as badly as his Libya cock-up, but we'll see. There are a lot of working poor and lower middle class white people in this country who for sundry and complicated reasons vote Republican, and some may really think they are John Galt types in a sea of brown and black skinned welfare recipients.

As it is, my guru Paul Krugman believes that this is a big deal. More generally, read his blog entries and his Monday New York Times op-ed column.

UPDATED 11:55PM 9/28/2012: I had intended to post some more commentary on A-hole Willard's A-hole Analysis about America and who relies on the government, but it simply got too long with too many links. I'm sure there will be more opportunities to write about the election and this topic.


Chop Suey by Edward Hopper, 1929

This painting is one of my two favorite Hopper works. I saw it in person at the National Gallery when it came a few years ago. I like it and High Road.

High Road by Edward Hopper, 1931


I went to the gym tonight. I think, though, I've put on a few pounds since last Thursday, which was the last time I went. My plan is to go each night this week through Thursday.

I'm home now watching the Monday night marathon of The Golden Girls on We TV. Of note, Maude is now on Antenna TV Mondays - Thursdays at 8PM and 830PM. I wish it were on 10PM to 11PM or something like that. I prefer Bea Arthur on Maude.

I'll bet getting drunk with Bea Arthur would have been awesome, especially in a gay bar.


Changing subjects, my cellphone battery is rapidly crapping out and I'm concerned that I not be able to get a replacement for this old cellphone model and will have to get a new phone, maybe even (finally) an iPhone or some such device. Whatever happens, the jackasses at Verizon are going to make me buy something that is more money per month. It's how the system is rigged to work.


Just 'cuz I was thinking about it (and I love the song and its wonderful lyrics):

Take the Long Way Home by Roger Hodgson (of Supertramp) with orchestra


OK, I guess that's all for now.

Sunset view from my apartment, 6:50PM, Sept. 15, 2012.



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